ISLAMABAD: State Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar on Tuesday said that the World Tuberculosis Day is an occasion to urge action to fight tuberculosis, a disease which still kills an appalling number of people every day.
The minister expressed these views while addressing a seminar arranged by National TB Control Programme, Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination to commemorate World Tuberculosis Day 2016. Pakistan is having the fifth highest incidence in the world, which does not occupy an enviable position with regard to tuberculosis (TB). The key for controlling TB is to raise awareness about its symptoms and encourage sufferers to seek treatment which is available free of cost. It is to ensure that patients follow the full course of medication for the prescribed period.
Tuberculosis carries social stigma, which is a major obstacle for treatment. Public education and building awareness can help prevent a deepening epidemic. Tarar said that the government of Pakistan is making concerted efforts to control TB in Pakistan. She said, “We know that information about TB symptoms and treatment is at low levels in the country. I believe that we as a nation can help in disseminating such information regarding tuberculosis among our communities.